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New HIV cases continue to decline in D.C.

There were 396 newly reported HIV cases in 2014, a 70 percent decrease from the 1,333 cases reported in 2007, which marked the highest number of HIV cases reported in the city. Whitman-Walker Executive Director Don Blanchon said the declining number of new HIV infections in D.C. reflects the value of community wide testing, treatment on demand and prevention efforts that include pre-exposure prophylaxis or PrEP.

Published
09 February 2016
From
Washington Blade
Activists United and Ignited by Urgency for HIV Prevention in Europe: EATG and AVAC call for the rollout of PrEP as a proven HIV prevention strategy

Initiated and organised entirely by the community of people living with and at risk for HIV, the second European HIV Prevention Summit brought together representatives of civil society, the pharmaceutical industry, researchers and academia in Brussels between 29 and 31 January. In addition to a thorough examination of PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis), the summit discussed the latest developments in the research fields of vaccines, rectal and vaginal microbicides and antibodies and their utility in HIV prevention.

Published
03 February 2016
From
EATG
Only 3 Presidential Candidates Share How They Will Address HIV

Only 3 out of the 16 candidates running for president answered GMHC's survey on how they plan to govern on issues concerning HIV.

Published
01 February 2016
From
HIVPlus
Where next for HIV prevention in New Zealand?

A key focus of the New Zealand Medical Journal editorial is on the continued importance of behaviour-based interventions in a world where the momentum seems to have shifted to clinic based control involving pharmaceuticals. The authors highlight the danger that the medicalization of HIV prevention could lead to a disinvestment in behaviour-based interventions, which, they imply, would not be conducive to controlling the epidemic.

Published
30 January 2016
From
BMJ Group blogs
PEPFAR's Dr Deborah Birx urges sharper focus to halt HIV globally

To protect and extend the significant progress made against the HIV/AIDS epidemic globally, policymakers and funders must target specific high-risk populations, especially young women in sub-Saharan Africa, according to U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator, Dr. Deborah Birx, who oversees the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR).

Published
27 January 2016
From
Fogarty International Center
The Kremlin Shows the World How to Make an AIDS Crisis Worse

New HIV infections have slowed dramatically throughout the world in recent years, including in much of sub-Saharan Africa—the region worst hit by the AIDS-causing virus—but Russia is a deadly exception. Even the official figures, which most experts agree are a significant underestimation, are terrifying. Almost 1 million Russians are registered as having contracted HIV, out of a population of 143 million people, an almost twofold increase from 2010.

Published
27 January 2016
From
Newsweek
Unprepared, unwilling and unethical

How a lack of leadership in HIV prevention is failing those at risk of infection in the UK (and beyond).

Published
26 January 2016
From
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HRI has serious concerns with draft UNGASS outcome document

If adopted in its present form, the current language represents a significant step backwards both from previously agreed commitments and language, within CND (such as resolution 56/6), HIV fora (in particular the 2011 Political Declaration on HIV) and the recently adopted Sustainable Development Goals (Goal 3, targets 3.3 and 3.5).

Published
26 January 2016
From
Harm Reduction International
UNGASS Without Harm Reduction? No Way!

Governments are not only shying away from reforming global drug policy, but failing to even mention harm reduction in the first draft of the UNGASS outcome document. Civil society must stand up for harm reduction!

Published
26 January 2016
From
Drug Reporter
Florida leads U.S. in new HIV cases after years of cuts in public health

Florida leads the nation in new HIV infections, but it’s not being treated as a crisis by Gov. Rick Scott or the state’s top health officer, Dr. John Armstrong. As the disease has spread, Scott and Armstrong have imposed four years of personnel cuts in the Department of Health that have shrunk the size of county health departments.

Published
24 January 2016
From
Miami Herald
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